Are you afraid of the dentist, perhaps downright terrified? If so, you are not alone! Many of us suffer from dental anxiety. But there is no need to be ashamed of it, not to rule our lives, since there are many ways for us to combat it.
The first step is to admit to the fear. The next is to learn about dental phobias and how they can be overcome. Here is a selection of resources to help. (Also see Scleroderma Dental Involvement, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, and Systemic Sclerosis)
What is Dental Phobia? Dental phobia causes a lot of distress, and impacts on other aspects of the individual's life, not just their oral health. We'll help you realize you are not alone with your fears; identify your fears; and provide concrete, hands-on tips and suggestions for overcoming them. Dental Fear Central.
How to Deal with a Bad Gag Reflex. Quite a few people have a sensitive gag reflex. This can be very upsetting when you want to have dental treatment. Gagging can be due to psychological factors, or physiological factors, or both. Psychological factors can include fear of loss of control and past traumatic experiences. Dozens of tips for dealing with a gag reflex. Dental Fear Central.
Scleroderma: considerations for dental hygienists. Appropriate dental hygiene management of patients with this autoimmune disorder requires an understanding of clinical characteristics, the recognition of oral facial involvement, treatment considerations and pharmacological interventions. SL Tolle.(Blackwell Synergy) Int J Dent Hygiene 6, 2008; 77–83.
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